The VHC is vitally concerned with the safety and health of our members.  To that end we have made the decision to cancel our upcoming educational seminar.  Those of you who have registered will be receiving a full refund.  Due to uncertainty of the length of episode we are facing, we do not have a date in place, at this time, to reschedule the seminar.  However, rest assured that the VHC is committed to the continuation of providing quality education to our members. There are additional VHC activities scheduled in the upcoming months and we will make decisions about those events on a case by case basis and based upon the advice of our state and local leaders and the scientific community.  
The VHC has received a number of inquiries about the status of equine businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis.  We have reviewed the Governor’s latest Executive Orders, and we reached out to the Virginia Agribusiness Council for some clarification.  At this point in time agriculture is considered an essential business and as livestock, horses fall under that category.  Of particular concern have been boarding establishments and the ability of boarders to visit their horses.  Equine establishments should maintain the social distancing standards of at least six feet, whether indoors or outdoors. Gatherings should be limited to a group of 10.  All touch points should be regularly disinfected whether they be equipment, water & food containers, grooming equipment, etc.  As updates become available we will share them with you.  In the meantime, if you have further questions please contact your local authorities for guidance.  For those equine businesses suffering economic losses we suggest that you contact your accountants and bankers.  There are resources available through SBA to see businesses through these turbulent times. 
Tips for Equine Businesses During the COVID-19 Outbreak 
 As the situation evolves and if and when we have additional information we will share it with you.  
We recognize that this will be a time of financial hardship that may result in the inability of some horse owners to provide food for their horses.  If you find yourself in this situation please contact the VHC office.  We will make every effort to see if we can put you in touch with sources that can provide you with relief.  
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the VHC office. 
At this time, we urge everyone to take appropriate measures to keep themselves and their families safe. 
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.  


The Virginia Horse Council is your voice for the expanding equine industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Council is a not-for-profit organization formed by horsemen for Virginia horsemen. The membership and Board of Directors represent all breeds. The purpose of the Virginia Horse Council is to promote and improve the horse industry in Virginia.

Our mission is to serve as the umbrella organization of the Virginia equine community and to monitor legislative issues affecting horsemen and horses in the Commonwealth.  The vision of the Virginia Horse Council (VHC) is to be recognized as a leader in providing broad representation to all facets of the equine industry before the Virginia General Assembly and Congress.  The VHC collaborates with other areas of the agricultural community and helps facilitate communications between members of the equine industry and state and federal agencies.  The VHC aspires to keeps Virginia horsemen informed of regulations and pending legislation they may impact them, and to provide educational opportunities that further enhance the industry.

Please consider Joining The Virginia Horse Council! 

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Join now and get membership benefits for 2020!  After we receive your membership application, you will receive a Welcome Packet which will include:

*Membership Card*
*VHC Scholarship information*
*Info on exciting Member Benefits*
*In-Excess policy (if purchased)*

Business Members are also eligible to have their business listed on our Business Members page!  If you purchase a business membership and wish to have your business listed, please send your business name, address, contact info, website link, and logo to Laura

If you would like to have your Business added to the Business Members Links on our Home Page (see below) for an additional fee or listed on our newsletter, please go to This Page and choose an option!


The Virginia Horse Council and EQ-Knowlege Present:

Equine Education for Animal Control Officers and First Responders

The Virginia Horse Council is excited to announce an initiative to address the ongoing problem of the lack of information and education regarding equines in Virginia as pertains to emergencies, neglect and abuse cases, and seizures.  To remedy this, we spearheaded a task group of concerned equestrians, including the State Veterinarian’s office, the result of which is “EQ-Knowledge,” who has created a certified course, “Equine Education,” a hands-on based certification course for Animal Control Officers and First Responders.  The Commomwealth of Virginia is home to over 180,000 horses, mules, and donkeys.  Over 500 were seized or surrendered to Animal Control in 2018, and Large Animal Rescue happens frequently.  This 8 hour class provides hands-on horse handling and welfare assessment instruction for ACOs and other First Responders to increase awareness and skill working with these large animals. This course and certification is the first of it’s kind in Virginia and indeed, in the USA.

For and overview of the course, please click this link:

Equine Education for ACOs and First Responders


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